It’s been an annual question since the Pac-12 Networks launched in 2012 and the answer has always been no. Back in 2015, there was brief hope with an actual signal test which some sharp-eyed DirecTV viewers saw, but it never got farther than that. Talks between the Pac-12 and DirecTV collapsed following that signal test and since then, the two sides appear no closer to an agreement than when the networks began.

And as the 2016-17 NCAA season has concluded, outgoing Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans who admitted in an exit interview that revenues from the channels lag far behind the Big Ten and SEC, ends her tenure without an agreement with DirecTV.

She told Cablefax rather tersely that DirecTV was given the same opportunity as other pay TV providers to pick up the channels:

“Pac-12 Networks has offered DirecTV the same distribution deal it has offered Comcast, Cox, Charter and others. Why DirecTV hasn’t specifically picked up Pac-12 is a question for DirecTV.”

But it’s been the same-old, same-old as to why DirecTV won’t pick up Pac-12 Networks. The satellite provider says the cost is too high and it doesn’t want to extend the bandwidth for the networks’ various regional channels. The Pac-12 says DirecTV is being unreasonable.

And with another college sports season approaching, there doesn’t seem to be any hope for Pac-12 fans that DirecTV will pick up the channel for 2017-18. And just like DirecTV’s long dispute with Spectrum SportsNet LA, there hasn’t been a mass migration for the company to justify picking up Pac-12 Networks.

Unless there’s a last-second breakthrough, this dispute will go into its sixth season and viewers will again be left in the middle.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Matthew Birmingham

    All the big Pac12 football games are either on Fox or Espn/abc. The Net ends up showing early season games vs FCS opponents, or the bottom feeder schools not making the grade on the other nets. Two years ago, I think Colorado was on Pac12 about 6 weeks. I havent missed much there.

  • Dale Moog

    WSU was on Pac12 net almost every week the last 2 years I had to suffer as a die hard Coug fan I switched to Charter because they now carry Pac12 network

  • Paul Lane

    The Pac 12 is actively destroying itself.. Most Western Regions depend on DTV..
    But a glimmer.. a ROKU Stick/Box supposedly will provide access to the Pac 12 (all feeds) for $5 a month (!) so we shall see and report back.. As TV moves to a 3.0 update we may all be getting our programming out of computer..

  • Shawn Ihle

    Fuskys suck ass